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These are important concerns when accidents arise as a result of poor road conditions. Let’s consider the reasons why potholes should be taken seriously and who is liable for road condition accidents.
How Does a Pothole Form ?
In basic terms, potholes are the result of damage done to the road from tires after the underlying structure of the road has been weakened by moisture.
Rainwater and other kinds of moisture can seep into the cracks in the road through the asphalt. This moisture seeps into the roadbed, weakening the the rock, gravel, and sand. As cars travel over the weakened roadbed, the top layer of the road presses into it, causing a dip in the surface. The asphalt eventually breaks away, leading to a pothole.
Potholes can be fixed using hot or cold materials, but unfortunately it can take months for a pothole to be fixed. This means potential accidents or dangerous conditions may be present for a long period of time.
Why Potholes Are Dangerous
hen a driver travels over a pothole, there’s a risk that the driver may lose control of their vehicle. This can cause them to his adjacent vehicles on the road.
Similarly, a driver may swerve out of the way to avoid striking a pothole. If the driver is not careful they might strike a nearby vehicle in the process of avoiding another hazard.
Potholes and Vehicle Damage: Understanding the Connection
In addition to causing accidents from the loss of control of a vehicle or swerving into other lanes, potholes can do serious damage to automobiles that drive over them. The impact of a driving over a pothole can be the equivalent of a 35 mile per hour collision. If this does not lead to driver or passenger injury, it can do major damage to a vehicle’s tires, suspension, or steering system, which can make accidents more likely in the future.
Who Is Responsible for Poor Road Conditions?
The city, county, or state is typically responsible for road and highway maintenance. The exact authority and responsibility can vary depending on the road in question. Regardless what level of government is involved, it’s important that they properly fix roads so they do not pose a danger to motorists.
As noted above, however, fixing road can take months. When delays arise, it’s important to seek legal help.
How an Auto Accident Attorney Can Help
There are numerous complexities to consider when filing civil lawsuits against local and state authorities. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can rest assured that the proper steps will be taken to hold government agencies accountable. While your attorney works on these issues, you can focus on recovering from injuries and moving forward with life.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
For more information about your legal rights and options following a serious collision, bee sure to contact our team of experienced injury and accident attorneys today. The legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates will fight for you in your time of legal need.